Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Dog’s usually go into heat anywhere from 6 months to 12 months this is individual for each dog and can be earlier or later.
Smaller dogs go into heat sooner than larger breeds.  It is individual and so is the length of the dogs cycle generally a heat cycle lasts 12 to 21 days. Usually mating take place between the 7th and 14th day of ovulation.

Swollen vulva  Easier to see on short or smooth coated dogs.
Bleeding Is often the first indication starts out slow with a pinkish colour discharge then progresses into large drips of Red blood. The amount depends on the dog but a doggie diaper will help keep your home, doggy beds, and furniture clean.  Larger Dogs bleed more heavily.
Mounting male dogs want to mount even before the female is ready. She too may mount and present herself to you or to your cat or other dogs in the home even if they are female.
Urinating more often to mark so males can find her.
Licking genitals  this is common to help keep herself clean.
After about 3 weeks and no mating thing start to go back to normal.

My advice is if your going to breed DON'T, breed on the first heat. The dog is to young and still a pup themselves. Make sure your dog is up to date on all vaccines and healthy.

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH, before hand so you know what to expect during pregnancy.
Gestation is about 63 days, so have a large slush fund available in case of emergencies for the mother or puppies.

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